Westridge is a large residential development by Polygon Homes NW. It began with Westridge South in 2016. Construction will continue over the next few years.
Updated February 2020
TOWNHOMES – SOUTH
- 109 townhomes under construction
- Prices start at $690K
- Neighborhood park
TOWNHOMES – NORTH
- 112 townhomes, under construction
- Ten of these townhomes will be “affordable” (income-qualified)
- Will include community garden patches
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES NORTH
- 72 single family homes
- Model home construction began winter 2020
- Pricing not yet available
- High Street Conversion to a linear park, see details below
CONDOS – AFFORDABLE HOUSING BLOCK
- 38 stacked flats, all “affordable”
- Plus One Life Enrichment Options (LEO) group home
- Site work began September 2019. See notice from the City for details.
- As of February 2020 concrete footings have been poured
Block 19 Alexan Apartments:
As of February 2020
- Site work began January 7, 2019
- Typical workdays are 7am – 6pm.
- Concrete work should be completed in August, wood framing to follow
- Utility connections along Falls Drive are complete
- Crane moved into place late March 2019 for pouring concrete
- 135 Apartment Units
- 5 stories on the east side
- Two additional lower floors for townhomes, parking on west side
- East facing includes a courtyard
- Amenities for residents include: outdoor pool, rooftop deck, bocce ball, pet washing, fitness room, and more.
- New community trail will connect WSDOT Pond trail to 10th Ave. NE
- February 2020: Wood framing is done on the north side. The south should be done by end of March. Roofing begins in February.
- The site will also be closed on 2/17/2020, President’s Day.
- Completion planned for end of 2020
Parcel D Single Family Homes:
As of February 2019
- 10 single family homes on 1.12 Acres
- Polygon Homes submitted a preliminary plat in 2018 which shows unit locations, lot lines, roads, trails, public spaces, etc.
- Includes a public overlook with views to the west.
- The Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC) conducted a Public Hearing December 18, 2018 and recommended the City Council approve the application.
- Issaquah City Council Land and Shore committee reviewed the application on February 7, 2019 and recommended approval. The full council approved the application on February 19, 2019.
Harrison Street and Grand Ridge Drive:
As of January 2019
Construction in the Harrison Streets and Grand Ridge Drive neighborhoods is managed through the Issaquah Highlands Custom ARC.
Number of homes under review or active construction:
- Harrison – 9
- Grand Ridge Drive – 14
Number of remaining empty lots:
- Harrison – 1
- Grand Ridge drive – 7
Parks and Trails
Bike Skills Park and Challenge Trail
The City is partnering with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to bring this long-awaited amenity to Central Park. Evergreen is renowned for their design expertise and for supporting the mountain bike community. They are the main partner at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park.
In 2018, three concepts for the Central Park skills park were presented to the community in an online survey and at a public meeting at Blakely Hall. Both efforts generated valuable input and feedback that was used to create a preliminary design for the bike park, a “hybrid” of the three concepts.
Construction is planned for 2020. If you are interested in being on the bike park communications list, please email Jennifer Fink at JenniferF@issaquahwa.gov .
Neighborhood Parks and Trail
Late in 2018 the new trail around Westridge South opened to the public. Access is at the SW corner of Swedish Hospital property, or at the driving entrance to Westridge South. In places a forest path and in others paved like a sidewalk, stairs and curves create a delightful, shaded pathway.
The Alexan apartments (Block 19) will include a public path connecting Sunset Pond with 10th Ave NE and the pocket park north of Marshall’s.
By 2020 expect to see the Westridge neighborhood parks completed, one with a small splash park and another with more community garden patches.
Throughout Westridge new pedestrian trails will be created, especially for east-west travel. Traversing these you will be able to connect to the now open Westridge South forest edge trail and the future High Street Linear Park.
High Street Linear Park
High Street Linear Park was approved by the City Council in July 2018. The park will be built by Polygon Homes NW and will convert a portion of High Street into a multi-use trail for non-motorized travel. Amenities and recreation will be placed along its quarter-mile length. The park will be approximately 31,000 square feet total.
In November and December 2018, the City and Polygon surveyed the community about potential amenities for the park. Stand-out requests include:
- Seating and gathering areas that take advantage of the views
- Sheltered seating and gathering areas
- Play areas for all ages, especially older kids and teens
- Flexible open spaces of grass or park plazas
- Table tennis, court games
- Hillside climbing
- Water feature for all ages
Although an off-leash dog area was desired, careful consideration must be taken to determine true suitability of this location.
Almost 90% of respondents were IH residents
January 2020: High Street is now closed. NE Ellis Drive and NE Discovery Drive are now the access roads for West Highlands Park.
Q1 2020: High Street closes as soon as the western extension of Ellis Drive opens providing access to West Highlands Park. Site development in preparation for the park begins.
The Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC) is scheduled to review preliminary designs on March 26, 2019. Watch for details here>>>.
Central Park Pad 2 baseball fields are in Issaquah Parks Strategic Plan to have artificial turf installed (and lighting?).
Central Park Pad #1 was rebuilt in 2017-18 with updated sports fields with artificial turf, drainage, fencing and LED field lights, path lights and scoreboard, etc.
Improvements also featured unique public art by artist, Lydia Aldredge, commissioned by the City of Issaquah’s Arts Commission.
City of Issaquah held a ribbon cutting for Pad 1 on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
The City of Issaquah Parks Strategic Plan was adopted in July 2018. In it are plans for Pad 2 baseball fields (near term) and Pad 4 open space (mid-long term).
Commercial | Retail | Institutional Projects
School Siting | Follow up:
As of January 2019
In 2018 Issaquah School District (ISD) considered a property on the western border of Issaquah Highlands, west of Swedish Hospital, for a new elementary school. After thorough site analysis (including geotech and arborist studies), ISD decided not to pursue the property for a school.
In June, ISD announced they would be building a new elementary school on what’s referred to as the Volpe property on Issaquah Pine Lake Road, approximately 2 miles from Issaquah Highlands.
To wrap the year up, ISD purchased land in Talus for its sixth middle school and will retain the property in downtown Issaquah (current Administration Center) for future use.
Shelter Holdings | IHIF-C:
As of February 2020
Shelter Holdings (through their affiliate IHIF Commercial, LLC) continues to pursue their plans to develop the 21.5 acres, undeveloped L-shaped property (formerly owned by Microsoft) located west along 9th Ave. NE and Discovery Drive. They are allowed to develop up to 1.8 million square feet of commercial/retail space, plus three residential units.
However, Shelter Holdings applications for three site development permits are in dispute with the City. These applications were submitted to the Development Commission in September 2018 for review and public comment. This review has continued over several months. On July 2, 2019 the Development Commission denied all three applications.
January 2020 update: These application denials have been in appeals ever since.
Shelter Holdings Applications, Lot by Lot:
- 111,000 square feet of retail development
- 143,000 square foot office building with ground floor retail
- 92,000 square foot medical office building, with ground floor retail or commercial uses
- 105,000 square foot self-storage facility
Block 20 Hotel or City Surf:
As of January 2019
This property is directly behind Marshall’s/Dick’s Sporting Goods where City Surf had hoped to develop a indoor surf facility. Although plans are not imminent, CitySurf got a three-year extension on their site development permit. The property is owned by Sycan Corporation / InnSight Hotel Management Group.
As of February 2020
Bellevue College owns approximately 20 acres along the south side of College Drive. No action has been taken on a 425,000 square foot campus approved by the city in 2014. The City of Issaquah Mayor recently met with the Bellevue College President to discuss the Issaquah campus. There have been no announcements. Alternatively, 310 homes could be built on this property if not the college.
Recent inquiries found “At this time, the college is not moving forward with development of the site.”
As of January 2019
Swedish has a development agreement with the City to double the size of the current facility, which could extend north of Blakely Drive. Although there are no definite plans at this time, Swedish representatives plan to begin quarterly meetings with the City of Issaquah in 2019 to work together on a development plan.
Grand Ridge Plaza, Block 5:
As of June 2018
- Tenants open at High Street and 9th Ave NE (Grand Ridge Plaza’s final building under current permitting)
- Orangetheory Fitness and Habit Burger celebrated grand openings in June 2018
- These new tenants take up 5,325 square feet of retail space
Recent Development News
2017 Issaquah Highlands Development Stats
Land Use Overall
Total acreage: 2200 acres
Total new homes expected: 438
Commercial, Retail and Institutional Development
Total entitled: 3,692,200 square feet
Helpful Development Terms
As governed by the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement (DA), 30% of residential development shall be “affordable housing”. The DA further defines “affordable” as that which is calculated as affordable to those earning 80, 100 and 120% of the King County median income. (Currently, the King County household median income is $73,000.)
An opportunity to speak publicly, addressing a body such as the City Council, on a topic that is not scheduled for a Public Hearing at that meeting. City Council provides this opportunity at the beginning of each meeting. The UVDC and City Council committees also welcome audience comments. (See specific agendas on the City website.)
Office, Hotel, Restaurants, Fitness, Entertainment, Warehousing/Storage, Light Manufacturing, etc.
An agreement (contract) between a land owner and a jurisdiction, such as a city, that determines how a property will be developed. The agreement has a term (i.e. 20 years) and “runs” with the land, if sold. The Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement was signed in 1996.
A casual reference to the end of buildout period of the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement (DA), and the agreement’s termination. Even though undeveloped properties remain in the Highlands, the City or the Master Developer can choose to terminate the DA at the end of the buildout period, which occurs in 2017.
Amount of residential, commercial or institutional development allowed by a contract such as a Development Agreement.
Schools, Churches, Cultural Facilities, etc.
In September 2016, the City of Issaquah enacted a six-month moratorium on certain types of development. There are many exceptions. Notable to Issaquah Highlands is that all land governed by Development Agreements is excluded. In February 2017 the City Council extended this moratorium to September 6, 2017.
A scheduled opportunity to speak on the record on a specific topic. The Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC) and City Council both hold Public Hearings. Public notice of a hearing will be provided at least 10 days in advance. Sign up on the City’s website, “Notify Me” to receive email notices of Public Hearings.
Stores and Shops, Grocery Stores, Banks, Winery/Brewery, etc.
When a development is large or complicated the Site Development Permit application process is used, which includes a Public Hearing.
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) is a voluntary, incentive- based program that allows landowners to sell development rights from their land to a developer or other interested party who then can use these rights to increase the density of development at another designated location.
A commission serving by appointment of the Mayor to review and approve (or recommend to approve) applications to develop land in the city’s Urban Villages, such as Issaquah Highlands.